Deal includes distribution and remake rights to French-language film
The Weinstein Co. has acquired distribution and remake rights to the French-language film “Untouchable,” based on the true story of a wealthy paraplegic who develops an unlikely friendship with a guy from the street whom he hires to be his aide.Distrib rights, acquired from Gaumont, include North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, plus pan-Asian satellite TV. A U.S. theatrical release is expected in 2012. The Weinstein Co. also has rights to co-finance and co-produce an English-language remake with Gaumont and original producers Quad Films. “Untouchable,” directed by Eric Toledano and co-writer Olivier Nakache, stars Francois Cluzet (“Tell No One”). “Occasionally, you find a story that translates universally, and ‘Untouchable’ is a perfect example,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing this beautiful and entertaining film to a worldwide audience.” Deal was negotiated for TWC by chief operating officer David Glasser and Peter Lawson, exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, and for Gaumont by head of international sales Cecile Gaget.